October 26, 2012 at 20:52 PM EDT
Grupo Radio Centro Reports Third Quarter and Nine Months of 2012 Results

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: RC, BMV: RCENTRO-A) (the "Company"), one of Mexico's leading radio broadcasting companies, announced today its results of operations for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2012.  All figures were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Third Quarter Results

The Company's broadcasting revenue for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 264,474,000, a 3.6% increase compared to the Ps. 255,215,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to higher advertising expenditures by the Company's clients in Mexico, who purchased more airtime during the third quarter of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

The Company's broadcasting expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate expenses) for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 184,410,000, a 5.2% increase compared to the Ps. 175,318,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011.  This increase was mainly due to (i) higher research expenses related to IBOPE, (ii) higher commissions paid to the Company's sales force and to advertising agencies due to the increase in broadcasting revenue and (iii) higher maintenance expenses.

The Company's depreciation and amortization expenses for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 5,225,000, a 17.5% decrease compared to the Ps. 6,337,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011.  This decrease was attributable to a reduction in the amount of depreciable assets.

The Company's corporate expenses for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 2,808,000, the same amount reported for the third quarter of 2011.

The Company's operating income for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 72,031,000, a slight increase compared to the Ps. 70,752,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011.  

The Company's other expenses, net for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 59,867,000, a significant increase compared to the Ps. 12,581,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to (i) legal expenses incurred during the third quarter of 2012 in connection with the transaction involving the KXOS-FM radio station assets, which is described in greater detail below, (ii) expenses incurred in connection with the Gutierrez Vivo and Infored legal proceedings, and (iii) higher expenses related to fees paid to the Company's executive committee.

The Company's finance costs for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 2,639,000, a 50.1% decrease compared to the Ps. 5,293,000 reported for the third quarter of 2011. This decrease was mainly attributable to the total repayment of the Company's loan with Banco Inbursa, S.A. on August 3, 2012.

The Company's profit before income taxes for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 9,525,000, a 82.0% decrease compared to the Ps. 52,878,000 reported for the same period of 2011.  This decrease was mainly attributable to the increase in other expenses net, described above.

The Company's income tax provision for the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 1,134,000, as a negative provision, a significant decrease compared to the Ps. 21,768,000 recorded in the third quarter of 2011.  This decrease was mainly due to certain tax benefits obtained.

As a result of the foregoing, the Company's profit in the third quarter of 2012 totaled Ps. 10,659,000, a 65.7% decrease compared to the profit of Ps. 31,110,000 recorded for the third quarter of 2011.

Nine-Month Results

The Company's broadcasting revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 totaled Ps. 742,020,000, a 10.0% increase compared to the Ps. 674,412,000 reported for the same period of 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to higher advertising expenditures by the Company's clients in Mexico, who purchased more airtime during the nine months of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

The Company's broadcasting expenses (excluding depreciation, amortization and corporate expenses) for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 543,228,000, a 5.8% increase compared to the Ps. 513,516,000 reported for the same period of 2011. This increase was primarily due to (i) higher commissions paid to the Company's sales force and to advertising agencies due to the increase in broadcasting revenue, (ii) higher maintenance expenses and (iii) an increase in production costs for talk shows programs.  

The Company's depreciation and amortization expenses for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 15,676,000, a 10.6% decrease compared to the Ps. 17,525,000 reported for the same period of 2011. This decrease was due to a reduction in the amount of depreciable assets for the nine months of 2012 compared to the same period of 2011.

The Company's corporate expenses for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 10,365,000, the same amount reported for the same period of 2011.

The Company's operating income for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 172,751,000, a 29.9% increase compared to the Ps. 133,006,000 reported for the same period of 2011. This increase was mainly a result of the increase in broadcasting revenue during 2012.

The Company's other expenses, net for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 103,572,000, a significant increase compared to the Ps. 43,784,000 reported for the same period of 2011. This increase was mainly attributable to (i) legal expenses incurred during the third quarter of 2012 in connection with the transaction involving KXOS-FM radio station assets, which is described in greater detail below, (ii) expenses incurred in connection with the Gutierrez Vivo and Infored legal proceedings, and (iii) higher expenses related to fees paid to the Company's executive committee.

The Company's finance costs for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 9,812,000, a decrease of 37.4% compared to the Ps. 15,677,000 reported for the same period of 2011. This decrease was mainly attributable to the total repayment of the Company's loan with Banco Inbursa, S.A. on August 3, 2012.

The Company's profit before income tax for the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 59,367,000, a 19.3% decrease compared to the profit before income tax of Ps. 73,545,000 reported for the same period of 2011.  This decrease was mainly due to the aforementioned increase in other expenses.

For the nine months of 2012, the Company's income tax provision totaled Ps. 3,652,000, as a negative provision compared to the income tax of Ps. 43,344,000 recorded for the same period of 2011.  This decrease was mainly the result of certain tax benefits obtained.

As a result of the foregoing, the Company's profit in the nine months of 2012 totaled Ps. 63,019,000, an increase of 108.7% compared to Ps. 30,201,000 profit for the same period of 2011.

Other Matters:

In August 23, 2012, the Company announced that the KXOS-FM radio station assets have been acquired by a newly-formed entity, 93.9 Holdings, Inc., pursuant to the Put and Call Agreement entered into with Emmis Communications Corporation and certain of its subsidiaries (collectively, "Emmis") in April 2009, which was amended in April of this year to reduce the purchase price to US$85.5 million.  

The acquiring entity, 93.9 Holdings, Inc., is controlled by 93.9 Investment, LLC, which is wholly owned by certain members of the Aguirre family who are U.S. citizens.  GRC's wholly-owned subsidiary, Grupo Radio Centro LA, LLC ("GRC-LA"), owns a 25% equity stake in 93.9 Holdings, Inc., and GRC-LA and 93.9 Investment, LLC have entered into a shareholders' agreement relating to their interests in 93.9 Holdings, Inc.  Pursuant to this shareholders' agreement, GRC-LA will have certain customary minority shareholder rights, including those relating to extraordinary corporate transactions, and has a call option to acquire, subject to compliance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission, the equity in 93.9 Holdings, Inc. held by 93.9 Investment, LLC, at a purchase price based on the amount of capital contributed by 93.9 Investment, LLC to 93.9 Holdings, Inc.  

In order to finance the acquisition, 93.9 Holdings, Inc. entered into a US$90 million senior secured credit facility guaranteed by GRC and certain of its operating subsidiaries with a group of lenders for which Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC acted as the lead arranger.  The credit facility provides for a term loan in two tranches, one of which has a five-year term and the other of which has a seven-year term.  The principal amounts borrowed under the credit facility are required to be repaid in accordance with a graduated amortization schedule that requires 93.9 Holdings, Inc. to start repaying, on a quarterly basis, the amounts borrowed under the five-year tranche in six months and the amounts borrowed under the seven-year tranche in 18 months.  In addition to being guaranteed by GRC and certain of its operating subsidiaries, the credit facility is secured by a first priority lien on substantially all of 93.9 Holdings, Inc.'s and its subsidiary's assets and substantially all of GRC's property, including its corporate headquarters.  The guarantee agreement entered into by GRC and certain of its subsidiaries requires GRC to maintain certain financial ratios, and comply with other financial conditions that, among other things, limit its ability to incur additional indebtedness, pay dividends, pledge assets and enter into transactions with affiliates.  

As a result of this acquisition, the Local Programming and Marketing Agreement ("LMA") for the KXOS-FM radio station entered into between GRC-LA and Emmis on April 3, 2009 has been terminated.  GRC-LA and 93.9 Holdings, Inc. have entered into a new LMA effective as of August 23, 2012 pursuant to which GRC-LA will continue to provide programming to, and sell advertising time, on KXOS-FM on substantially the same terms and conditions as the LMA that had been entered into with Emmis, except that the fees payable by GRC-LA will be equal, in any period, to the debt service requirements of 93.9 Holdings, Inc. for such period under the credit facility described above.  GRC-LA will also be required to reimburse 93.9 Holdings, Inc. for any expenses incurred by it with respect to the KXOS-FM radio station

Company Description

Grupo Radio Centro owns and/or operates 15 radio stations. Of these 15 radio stations, 6 FM and 6 AM are located in Mexico City, one AM station in Guadalajara and Monterrey, respectively, and one FM station in Los Angeles. The Company's principal activities are the production and broadcasting of musical and entertainment programs, talk shows, news and special events programs.  Revenue is primarily derived from the sale of commercial airtime. In addition, the Company also operates Organizacion Impulsora de Radio (OIR), a radio network that acts as the national sales representative for, and provides programming to 130 Grupo Radio Centro-affiliated radio stations throughout Mexico.

Note on Forward Looking Statements

This release may contain projections or other forward-looking statements related to Grupo Radio Centro that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future results or events. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Grupo Radio Centro with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent filing on Form 20-F, which identifies important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to Grupo Radio Centro on the date hereof, and Grupo Radio Centro assumes no obligation to update such statements.

IR Contacts


In Mexico:

In NY:

Pedro Beltran / Alfredo Azpeitia

Maria Barona / Peter Majeski

Grupo Radio Centro, S.A.B. de C.V.

i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc.

Tel: (5255) 5728-4800 Ext. 4910

Tel: (212) 406-3690

aazpeitia@grc.com.mx

grc@i-advize.com.mx



GRUPO RADIO CENTRO, S.A.B. DE C.V.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED BALANCE SHEETS

as of September 30, 2012 and 2011

(figures in thousands of  Mexican pesos ("Ps.") and U.S. dollars ("U.S. $") (1)



September 30,



2012


2011



U.S. $(1)


Ps.


Ps.

ASSETS







Current assets:







 Cash and cash equivalents


5,559


71,807


135,463








Accounts receivable:







 Broadcasting receivables - Net


19,404


250,647


252,946

 Other receivables


1,651


21,320


8,976

 Income taxes recoverable


2,777


35,872


1,782



23,832


307,839


263,704








Prepaid expenses


4,444


57,407


34,009

 Total current assets


33,835


437,053


433,176








Property and equipment


37,354


482,502


427,820

Other Deposits


3,789


48,947


0

Other Investments


250


3,229


0

Deferred charges, net


169


2,181


3,723

Goodwill


64,168


828,863


828,863

Other assets


294


3,775


3,404

Total assets


139,859


1,806,550


1,696,986








LIABILITIES







Current liabilities:







 Current portion of long-term debt


0


0


40,792

 Deferred revenue


7,821


101,019


100,581

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses


6,685


86,344


65,219

 Taxes payable


2,626


33,919


35,845

    Total current liabilities


17,132


221,282


242,437








Non-current liabilities:







 Long-term debt


0


0


60,000

 Employee benefits


6,048


78,125


62,361

 Deferred taxes


2,195


28,351


23,842

    Total liabilities


25,375


327,758


388,640








STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Common stock


82,059


1,059,962


1,059,962

Retained earnings


29,961


387,009


215,972

Reserve for repurchase of shares


2,322


29,989


29,989

Other comprehensive income


125


1,618


2,105

Equity attributable to owners of the Company


114,467


1,478,578


1,308,028

Non-controlling Interest


17


214


318

    Total equity


114,484


1,478,792


1,308,346

    Total liabilities and Stockholders' equity


139,859


1,806,550


1,696,986















(1)  Peso amounts have been translated into U.S. dollars, solely for the convenience of the reader, at the rate of Ps. 12.917 per U.S. dollar, the rate on September 30, 2012



GRUPO RADIO CENTRO, S.A.B. DE C.V.

CONSOLIDATED UNAUDITED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012 and 2011

(figures in thousands of  Mexican pesos ("Ps.") and U.S. dollars ("U.S. $")(1), except per Share and per ADS amounts)


3rd Quarter


Accumulated 9 months


2012


2011


2012


2011


U.S.$ (1)


Ps.


Ps.


U.S.$ (1)


Ps.


Ps.













Broadcasting revenue (2)

20,475


264,474


255,215


57,445


742,020


674,412

Broadcasting expenses, excluding depreciation,












amortization and corporate expenses

14,277


184,410


175,318


42,055


543,228


513,516













Depreciation and amortization

405


5,225


6,337


1,214


15,676


17,525

Corporate expenses

217


2,808


2,808


802


10,365


10,365

Operating income

5,576


72,031


70,752


13,374


172,751


133,006













Other expenses, net

(4,635)


(59,867)


(12,581)


(8,018)


(103,572)


(43,784)













Finance costs:












 Interest expense

(233)


(3,016)


(4,895)


(774)


(9,993)


(15,266)

 Interest income (2)

5


65


0


15


190


2

 Income (loss) on foreign currency exchange, net

24


312


(398)


(1)


(9)


(413)

 Net finance costs

(204)


(2,639)


(5,293)


(760)


(9,812)


(15,677)













Profit before income taxes

737


9,525


52,878


4,596


59,367


73,545













 Income tax expense

(88)


(1,134)


21,768


(283)


(3,652)


43,344

 Profit (loss) for the period

825


10,659


31,110


4,879


63,019


30,201













Profit (loss) applicable to:












 Majority interest

825


10,658


31,109


4,879


63,018


30,197

 Minority interest

0


1


1


0


1


4


825


10,659


31,110


4,879


63,019


30,201













Net income (loss) per Series A Share (3)







0.099


1.2802


0.6335

Net income (loss) per ADS (3)







0.892


11.5218


5.7015

Weighted average common shares outstanding (000's) (3)









162,725


162,725

























(1)  Peso amounts have been translated into U.S. dollars, solely for the convenience of the reader, at the rate of Ps. 12.917 per U.S. dollar, the rate on September 30, 2012


(2)  Broadcasting revenue for a particular period includes (as a reclassification of interest income) interest earned on funds received by the Company pursuant to advance sales of commercial air time to the extent that the underlying funds were earned by the Company during the period in question. Advances from advertisers are recognized as broadcasting revenue only when the corresponding commercial air time has been transmitted. Interest earned and treated as broadcasting revenue for the third quarter of 2012 and 2011 was Ps. 1,470,000 and Ps. 1,215,000, respectively. Interest earned and treated as broadcasting revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 was Ps. 3,808,000 and Ps. 2,238,000, respectively  


(3) Earnings per share calculations are made for the last twelve months as of the date of the income statement, as required by the Mexican Stock Exchange.



SOURCE Grupo Radio Centro S.A.B de C.V.

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